Title:
PP/GC/LE/168 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, regarding a knighthood for the Astronomer Royal, 17 January [1863]
Date:
17/04/1863
Content:
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Secretary of State for War], War Office, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: there is an honour which "would be worthily bestowed", and well received by the scientific world, namely a knighthood for the Astronomer Royal, Mr Airy. He has filled the post for many years. "His mathematical qualifications are of the highest order, his merits as an observer have been recognised by all Europe, and he has distinguished himself by his readiness to assist the numerous persons who apply to him for information and advice." Lewis proposes that Airy be knighted, a ceremony he assumes the Queen would perform in some indirect manner. Sir William Herschel, who had the great telescope near Slough, was knighted by George the third. If Palmerston consents, Lewis will apply to the Queen. 17 Jan [1863]
Extent:
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Subject:
Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, (Member of Parliament for Radnor), Secretary of State for War
Mr Airy, Astonomer Royal
Sir William Herschel, astromoner, deceased: The `great telescope near Slough' refers to the telescopic tube and speculum displayed at `The Herschels', his home
George III, King of Great Britain, deceased
Victoria, Queen of England
Slough, Buckinghamshire
Honours; awards; patronage; knighthoods
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